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 Requirements for the Leadership Minor  

‚ÄčProgram Overview: 

This is an interdisciplinary minor available to all undergraduate students across the university, integrating curricular and co-curricular experiential components. The program strives to empower students to be authentic self-directed learners through a highly engaged pedagogy that brings together the intentional study and practice of leadership. This minor offers opportunities for personal and professional leadership development to students, enabling them to acquire an important credential on their academic transcript that complements their major. The program is grounded in the Social Change Model (SCM) of leadership development and challenges students to become effective, ethical leaders with a commitment to excellence, accountability, and responsibility in the real world of the workplace and the global community.

The minor is comprised of two components. Component #1 consists of 12 credit hours of classroom coursework (4 courses); Component #2 enables co-curricular experiential leadership learning where students have the opportunity to learn, practice, and develop leadership skills through experiential learning in workplace settings. Students also have the option to document and create a leadership portfolio on the Experiential Learning Transcript (ELT) which is accessed through myWings. Students must maintain a minimum 2.50 institutional (UNF) GPA. In addition, leadership minors and all students, have the opportunity to attend UNF's largest professional leadership development conference and workshops, the annual Student Leadership Summit, sponsored by TLI each Fall. Students are also encouraged to attend other TLI special events that support leadership education and classroom learning, at no additional charge! 

The Leadership Minor should be declared not later than the last semester of one's junior year. Before declaring it, students should first consult with the Taylor Leadership Institute to assure they understand all components of the program. Students should then ask their academic advisor in the area of their major to officially declare the leadership minor on their student record. Once declared, the student should maintain ongoing contact with TLI to assure they are on track to successfully complete the program in a timely manner by the time they graduate. For more information, call 904-620-9534 or email leadership@unf.edu.

Coursework:   

Course #1 / LDR3003: Introduction to Leadership (3 Credit Hours)

This is the Gateway course to the Leadership Minor. Students are not required to declare the leadership minor prior to taking this course. Though seniors may take this course, those who seek the minor should take this course not later than the last term of their Junior year, to allow time to complete the leadership minor. Following completion of LDR3003 and throughout the remainder of one's time at UNF, leadership minors have access to document their "real-world" on-campus and off-campus co-curricular leadership learnings on the Experiential Learning Transcript (ELT), accessed through myWings. Prior to posting to the ELT, students are encouraged to visit the Taylor Leadership Institute for guidelines on using the ELT.   

 

LDR3003 introduces participants to the major theories of leadership and their application in personal and professional settings. Participants engage in self-reflective and applied learning activities that allow them to draw upon their personal characteristics and experiences in order to make connections between class work and their own developing leadership style. 

Course #2 / One Primary Leadership Elective (3 Credit Hours) 

Students are to choose one course from the following options below. For leadership minors, the Primary Elective must be taken after LDR3003; please note LDR3320 has a pre-requisite (LDR3003); and the other two courses have no pre-requisite and are open to all students, whether or not they have declared the leadership minor.

  • LDR3240: Inter-Group Dialogue Among Diverse Populations; OR
  • LDR3320: Collaborative Leadership; OR
  • SOP3515: Fundamentals of Conflict Transformation 
*Students please consult with TLI for additional primary electives from the IDLE list below.

Course #3 /One Inter-Disciplinary Leadership Elective (IDLE) (3 Credit Hours)

Students choose one course from any of the five colleges, that further facilitates students' leadership education and development. Please see the list of courses below. Students are encouraged to use their IDLE to explore courses that will complement their major and career aspirations, or choose a course outside of their major to gain inter-disciplinary experience in leadership. Please note, the chosen IDLE course should be taken AFTER completing LDR3003 (Intro to Leadership), but may be taken concurrent to the Primary Elective (Course #2); this will allow students to complete their electives after having a developed leadership framework. Students should select an appropriate course in consultation with TLI before enrolling in the course. Also, in lieu of the IDLE students can instead take two primary electives from the list of three primary leadership electives described in the above section, or any number of courses certified by the Taylor Leadership Institute across the UNF undergraduate curriculum. For a partial listing of IDLE courses and policy regarding the selection of the IDLE, consult the TLI website and review the document titled 'Leadership Minor IDLE's by college'.

 

Course #4 / LDR4263: Leadership Practicum  (Capstone Course) (3 Credit Hours) 

Description: Prerequisite: LDR3003 plus completion of one primary elective, AND one secondary IDLE elective. Leadership is the #1 trait employers are looking for in prospective employees. By taking this engaging hybrid course, you are taking the final step in the process of completing the coveted Leadership Minor AND refining valuable leadership skills such as the ability to inspire, motivate and empower others towards desired results.

 

This is the culminating in-classroom course for the Leadership Minor. The course is normally taken during the student's final term at UNF. After completion of this course students will be able to document their impact as a leader on campus, in the classroom, and within the community. Students develop a clear plan for future roles as a leader and collaborate with peers to understand the fundamental elements of leadership. Students also learn effective public speaking skills to facilitate the creation of their own "Leadership Ted Talk" while establishing a marketable "personal brand" - our goal is to ensure all TLI students graduate with the artifacts needed to be sought after by employers. Additionally students participate in a Leadership Coaching Initiative where each practicum student will be mentored/coached by a campus or community leader. 

 

*Please note that this is not a field-based internship, practicum is a senior / capstone in-classroom course

 

Current Leadership Coaches include a retired USMC Lt. General, the UNF Athletic Director, a former Grammy award winning innovator in the entertainment field, a non-profit leader, and a national expert in the field of criminal justice.